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gaz
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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 130
   Posted 2/17/2004 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
i am a 27 year old male,who has suffered from bipolar 2 for approx 15 yrs. both my mother and father both sufferd from bipolar,so i guess they passed it on to me. i have been on many meds over the years with without much success. the worst part of my illness is the depressive phase which normally lasts for over a year before i begin to pick up.
when i do pick up it only lasts for aproxx 3 to 4 months before i go hyper followed by depression,at the moment i take lithium which i have been on for the past 10 years,i also take venlafaxine and lamical.this combonation is having very little efect in keeping me stable.i have tried ect without success,and while i am writing this i am once again experincing the familar symptems of another relapse coming,but although i find it very difficult even hopeless at times,i do not give in to this illness.anybody else who is having a tough time hang in there,there are many meds which could help,life is difficult with this illness but you can with help have a good quality of life
gaz

socks
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Date Joined Dec 2003
Total Posts : 74
   Posted 2/18/2004 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Gaz,

Thanks for your words. I was dx with BP II or Cyclomythia, ultra rapid cycling in Dec 2003. The dx was very hard for me to accept but now I feel like I can go on. My symptoms don't seem as severe as you have experienced. I hope that you can find the right c***tail of meds to help. I am on 1250mg of depakote and 300mg of wellbutrin. The depakote has been slowly increased and now seems to be ok. I am not so blue now and am hoping to get back on track. Good luck to you and keep posting, this board doesn't get as much attention and i know there are plenty of people out there that have this issue.

Take Care,

Socks

gaz
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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 130
   Posted 2/23/2004 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   
      thanks for your reply ami,i am not doing so good,i am also having problems with my pychatrist dont think i have spelled that correctly.i been having problems with her for a while now mainly because of my meds, also i have had to fight for any treatment eg ect it took a long time and plenty of effort on my behalf till i got it.i made an official complaint yesterday because she will not see me for nearly 2 weeks and with me about to relapse i need to see her as quick as possible,just wondering if anybody else is having trouble or had trouble with there pychatrist and what you done,any advice
 thanks gaz 

gaz
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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 130
   Posted 2/23/2004 5:03 AM (GMT -7)   
      just wondering about the chatroom never seems to be anyone in checked calender no mention of bipolar, anyone help
 thanks gaz  

gaz
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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 130
   Posted 2/25/2004 3:50 AM (GMT -7)   
             thanks  again for your response ami,i am from england and the best time for me to chat is in the evenings.
 gaz
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